Thursday, December 02, 2010

Bush v. Palin in the Primaries?

The Winning McCain has a theory.

...I’ve long warned that there is a Jeb 2012 bandwagon geared up and ready to roll at a moment’s notice, if Jeb decides to take a shot at it. If that doesn’t happen, the Bushies are trying to keep their thumb on the scale, to make sure that whoever gets the 2012 nomination, it’s someone acceptable to them.

But the Bushies know that, whatever else happens, it’s all over for them if Sarah Palin gets the 2012 nomination. Establishment phonies like Nicolle Wallace will be persona non grata to a Palin-led Republican Party.

Just keep that in mind. There’s a lot more going on behind the scenes of the GOP than most grassroots conservatives suspect.

Well, that's interesting; add Jeb to the list which includes Palin, Daniels, Pawlenty, Gingrich, Pence (sorta), Huckabee, Romney, and at least two players to be named later.

Given the way Stacy McCain phrases it, I cannot be enthused about Jeb Bush, no matter his "he's more conservative than GW and GHW" aura. GHW fought Ron Reagan tooth and nail in both of Ron's runs; we saw what the "benevolent behemoth" GW produced.

Blood's thick, folks. I don't think a 3rd Bush is the answer.

Meantime, VodkaPundit's been ruminating on the same question--without a Bush in the graf:

So we’re left with Mitch Daniels, Bobby Jindal, Tim Pawlenty, Chris Christie, and Bob McConnell.

Dunno about Christie. Jindal has to learn how to give speech, not wonkery. Pawlenty is plumped by the PowerLine gang, but squishes a lot. McConnell's unknown.



Anonymous said...

Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Bobby Jindal, any of them would be wonderful.

steveegg said...

My Virginia sources seem to like McDonnell. Of course, he hasn't quite delivered on the privatizing Virginia's ABC stores promise yet.

I'm less than impressed with T-Paw. Christie's reputation is decidedly "un-Presidential" (not that is a bad thing). Daniels ALMOST had me until he started talking about tax hikes.

Neo-Con Tastic said...

Chris Christie is a God-send to the conservative movement and Republican party. He would win 2012 in a LANDSLIDE.

I would also take Jindal, but with less enthusiasm. He's a great conservative but the energy isn't there and I hesitate to call him a true TEA party dude.

No Jeb, no Huck, no Romney, and I'm on the fence with Palin.